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passage

noun pas·sage \ ˈpa-sij \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of passage

1 a :a way of exit or entrance :a road, path, channel, or course by which something passes
  • Special ships clear passages through the ice.
  • nasal passages
b :a corridor or lobby giving access to the different rooms or parts of a building or apartment
  • Her office is at the end of the passage.
2 a :the action or process of passing from one place, condition, or stage to another
  • the passage of food through the digestive system
b :death 1a
  • when he is fit and seasoned for his passage
  • —William Shakespeare
c :a continuous movement or flow
  • the passage of time
3 a (1) :a specific act of traveling or passing especially by sea or air
  • a long ocean passage
(2) :a privilege of conveyance as a passenger :accommodations
  • was able to secure passage on the next flight
b :the passing of a legislative measure or law :enactment
  • a bill's passage into law
4 :a right, liberty, or permission to pass
  • attempted to force passage through the town
  • —C. A. Willoughby
5 a :something that happens or is done :incident
  • The soldier related some exciting passages.
b :something that takes place between two persons mutually
  • the passage of vows between bride and groom
6 a :a usually brief portion of a written work or speech that is relevant to a point under discussion or noteworthy for content or style
  • quoted a passage from the Bible
b :a phrase or short section of a musical composition
  • The violinist played the challenging passages with great virtuosity.
c :a detail of a work of art (such as a painting)
  • the picture contains several pretty passages of color
  • —Clive Bell
7 :the act or action of passing something or undergoing a passing
  • The computer facilitates the rapid passage of information.
8 :incubation (see incubate 1b) of a pathogen (such as a virus) in culture, a living organism, or a developing egg

Examples of passage in a Sentence

  1. We squeezed through a narrow passage between the rocks.

  2. Special ships clear passages through the ice.

  3. The medicine makes breathing easier by opening nasal passages.

  4. They controlled the passage of goods through their territory.

  5. the passage of food through the digestive system

  6. the passage of air into and out of the lungs

  7. the passage from life to death

  8. the passage of the seasons

  9. He left after the passage of a few hours.

  10. With the passage of time, the number of children suffering with the disease has decreased dramatically.

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First Known Use of passage

13th century


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passage

verb

Definition of passage

passaged; passaging
intransitive verb
:to go past or across :cross
transitive verb
:to subject to passage
  • passaged a virus

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Origin and Etymology of passage



PASSAGE Defined for English Language Learners

passage

noun

Definition of passage for English Language Learners

  • : a long, narrow space that connects one place to another

  • : a narrow space that people or things can move through

  • : an act of moving or passing from one place or state to another


PASSAGE Defined for Kids

passage

noun pas·sage \ ˈpa-sij \

Definition of passage for Students

1 :a space or path by which something or someone can go through
2 :a brief part of a speech or written work
3 :the act or process of going from one place or condition to another
  • Our ship made a smooth passage.
4 :the act of approving a law
5 :a right or permission to go as a passenger
  • She obtained passage aboard the ship.

Medical Dictionary

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passage

noun pas·sage \ ˈpas-ij \

medical Definition of passage

1 :the action or process of passing from one place, condition, or stage to another
  • the passage of air from the lungs
  • Encyclopedia Americana
2 :an anatomical channel
  • the nasal passages
3 :a movement or an evacuation of the bowels
4 a :an act or action of passing something or undergoing a passing
  • passage of a catheter through the urethra
b :incubation of a pathogen (as a virus) in a tissue culture, a developing egg, or a living organism to increase the amount of pathogen or to alter its characteristics
  • several passages of the virus through mice

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passage

transitive verb

medical Definition of passage

passaged; passaging
:to subject to passage
  • the virus has been passaged in series seven times
  • Journal of the American Medical Association


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